Grand Prix of Liberation: Jitu Rai misses final

The Indian missed the free pistol final by one point in the 48th Grand Prix of Liberation international shooting competition in Plzen, Czech Republic.

Jitu Rai shot 555 for the ninth place.   -  PTI (File Photo)

World Championship silver medallist and Asian Games champion Jitu Rai missed the free pistol final by one point in the 48th Grand Prix of Liberation international shooting competition in Plzen, Czech Republic, on Saturday.

Jitu Rai shot 555 for the ninth place, and another Olympian Prakash Nanjappa shot 552 for the 11th place. Amanpreet Singh, who had won the silver behind Jitu in the World Cup in Delhi earlier this season, was placed 15th with 551.

In women’s air rifle, World Cup medallist and Asian champion Pooja Ghatkar missed a medal by 0.1 point. Anjum Moudgil followed her in the fifth place. Olympian Chain Singh placed seventh in men’s rifle 3-position, after having shot an impressive 1175 in the qualification phase. Young Swapnil Kusale shot 1170 for the 14th spot.

In women’s sports pistol, Annu Raj Singh shot 578 and missed the final on the basis of one lesser inner-10 as compared to Steffanie Thurmann of Germany on the same score. Anna Korakaki of Greece shot an intimidating 594, equivalent to the 23-year-old world record, in topping qualification but had to settle for the bronze behind the Germans Monika Karsch and Michelle Skeries. Incidentally, Monika matched Anna Korakaki’s final world record of 39 in clinching the gold.

The results:

Men:

50m free pistol: 1. Damir Mikec (Srb) 235.3 (568); 2. Pavol Kopp (Svk) 233.0 (564); 3. Samuil Donkov (Bul) 212.3 (559); 9. Jitu Rai 555; 11. Prakash Nanjappa 552; 15. Amanpreet Singh 551; 24. Anmol Jain 543; 30. Deepak Sharma 540; 31. Samaresh Jung 539; 34. Akshay Jain 537; 38. Jujhar Singh 533; 41. Arpit Goel 532; 42. Karnav Bishnoi 532; 66. Ankush Bhardwaj 514.

50m rifle 3P: 1. Tomasz Bartnik (Pol) 459.5 (1175); 2. Petar Gorsa (Cro) 458.9 (1175); 3. Maximilian Dallinger (Ger) 448.7 (1175); 7. Chain Singh 404.5 (1175); 14. Swapnil Kusale 1170; 27. Satyendra Singh 1165; 56. Sanjeev Rajput 1159; 88. Akhil Sheoran 1147; 127. Abhay Goel 1107; 128. Shivtej Sawant 1107.

Women:

25m sports pistol: 1. Monika Karsch (Ger) 39 (585); 2. Michelle Skeries (Ger) 34 (585); 3. Anna Korakaki (Gre) 31 (594); 9. Annu Raj Singh 578; 17. Heena Sidhu 574; 24. Surabhi Pathak 571; 25. Rahi Sarnobat 570; 38. Gauri Sheoran 568; 56. Muskan 558; 64. Sheila Kanungo 551; 71. Komal Barot 536.

10m air rifle: 1. Petra Lustenberger (Sui) 249.4 (416.0); 2. Nina Christen (Sui) 247.4 (416.3); 3. Ilie Laura Georgeta (Rou) 227.4 (419.2); 4. Pooja Ghatkar 206.7 (417.4); 5. Anjum Moudgil 185.8 (417.2); 21. Vinita Bhardwaj 413.9; 42. Meghana Sajjanar 411.6; 82. Nandika 406.8; 101. Poulomy Chowdhury 402.1; 110. Shagon Thakor 397.1; 114. Nikita Sharma 394.6; 118. Puja Dubey 381.9.